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Dealing with the devil : assertive Secretaries of Defense and how to deal with them

Author: Richard H Kohn; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Publisher: [Carlisle, PA] : [AHEC], [2006]
Series: Perspectives in military history.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : National government publication : English
Summary:
Civil military relations have been marked by tension and conflict, as well as cooperation, throughout American history. But they have been particularly troublesome, as well as especially important for national defense, at various times since World War II, none more so than during the 1960s during the tenure of Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense and during the last five-plus years in the Rumsfeld Pentagon. Some  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert S McNamara; Donald Rumsfeld; Robert S McNamara; Donald Rumsfeld
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Kohn; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
OCLC Number: 173276671
Notes: Lecture held 6 December 2006, in Ridgway Hall, Army Heritage and Education Center.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD format.
Series Title: Perspectives in military history.
Other Titles: Assertive Secretaries of Defense and how to deal with them
Responsibility: Richard Kohn.

Abstract:

Civil military relations have been marked by tension and conflict, as well as cooperation, throughout American history. But they have been particularly troublesome, as well as especially important for national defense, at various times since World War II, none more so than during the 1960s during the tenure of Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense and during the last five-plus years in the Rumsfeld Pentagon. Some in the press and defense community have compared the two Secretaries of Defense, seeing considerable similarity between the two. Are they alike? How do they compare? And since both were extremely strong, vigorous, and assertive civilian leaders, how should the military react to and serve such secretaries of defense so as to maximize effective policies and decision making, maintain civilian control of the military, and preserve military professionalism?

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